Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services are those which have been defined by the Aboriginal Community Control process. This process allows any local Aboriginal community to be involved in its own affairs, determining rules, processes and guidelines for organisations that interact and serve the Aboriginal community. The National Aboriginal Community Control Health Organisation (NACCHO) defines an ACCHS as being:
• An incorporated Aboriginal organisation
• Initiated by a local Aboriginal community
• Based in a local Aboriginal community
• Governed by an Aboriginal body which is elected by the local Aboriginal community
• Delivering a holistic and culturally appropriate health service to the community controlling it.
This classification excludes any organisations controlled by the government and organisations that have a vertical rather than a holistic approach to health.
Being involved in Indigenous health is one of the many benefits of training and working as a GP in rural and remote areas. It is also one of the most important as you will be contributing to one of our nation's biggest health priorities.